Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Charles Buxton

English Brewer, Philanthropist, Writer and Member of Parliament

"Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs, and ends in iron chains. The more one has to do the more he is able to accomplish."

"Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul."

"You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time you must make it."

"Good temper is the most contented, the most comfortable state of the soul; the greatest happiness both for those who possess it, and for those who feel its influence. With "gentleness" in his own character, "comfort" in his house, and "good temper" in his wife, the earthly felicity of man is complete... Bad temper is its own scourge. Few things are more bitter than to feel bitter. A man's venom poisons himself more than his victim."

"Bad temper is its own scourge. Few things are bitterer than to feel bitter. A man’s venom poisons himself more than his victim."

"Concentration alone conquers."

"Emulation and imitation are of twin birth."

"How strangely easy difficult things are!"

"I once met a man who had forgiven an injury. I hope some day to meet the man who has forgiven an insult."

"Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than the merit; posterity will regard the merit rather than the man."

"The first duty to children is to make them happy. If you have not made them so, you have wronged them. No other good they may get can make up for that."

"Intercourse is the soul of progress."

"You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time, you must make it."

"The essential difference between a good and a bad education is this, that the former draws on the child to learn by making it sweet to him, the latter drives the child to learn, by making it sour to him if he does not."

"Success soon palls. The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows."